Last week’s stunning announcement by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy was a major blow to gun rights and the Second Amendment rights of Massachusetts’ citizens. If allowed to stand, it could spread like plague to other pro gun control states. Here is a quick synopsis of what happened and the plans and organizations looking to take legal action to right this wrong.
Here is the release from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF): Attorney General Maura Healey has unlawfully overstepped her constitutional authority to issue an “Enforcement Notice” to all firearms retailers in Massachusetts, changing the long-understood statutory definition of Massachusetts’ so called “Assault Weapons.” NSSF sees this unprecedented action as a blatant anti-gun attack on federally licensed firearm retailers and the law-abiding citizens of the Commonwealth. NSSF along with the National Rifle Association and other Second Amendment groups throughout the state are currently weighing all options on the best possible course of action. All legal options are being considered. Firearms retailers have been operating in the state for the past 18 years under the interpretation that has been supported by all state regulatory agencies. During this time not a single state Attorney General felt compelled to usurp the legislative process. This is a political action that serves to make hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts citizens felons.
Clearly, the Attorney General’s office has little practical firearms knowledge. For example, the “Enforcement Notice” bans ALL semi-automatic firearms including 22 caliber rifles used by the Boy Scouts and other youth shooting programs that teach firearms safety and responsibility.